With the massive number of iPhone cases out on the market, it can be hard to choose the right one. Nissan’s newly-announced case adds another option to the mix, only this one’s a bit more interesting than normal – it’s self-healing, and can protect itself from scratches!
As TheNextWeb points out, the yet-to-be-released “Nissan Scratch Shield” case uses a unique self-healing paint finish used on Nissan and Infinity cars that uses a bit of clever technology to protect your device from scratches.
The case has three key benefits: the highly flexible and elastic properties of Scratch Shield paint technology allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves; its tactile gel-like rather than glossy surface is more scratch-resistant than conventional paint and provides a better grip; and the case itself is made of ABS plastic – a high grade substance widely used in the automotive industry which is more rigid and robust than other plastics.
So how does this work? Apparently it all boils down to chemistry:
The outer ‘paint’ is made from polyrotaxane, which means that when damage occurs to the coating in the form of a fine scratch, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap – ‘healing’ the blemish.
The case will not repair deep scratches – only those that do not make it all the way through the top paint. But that’s still a far cry better than most cases available on today’s iPhone accessory market.